If only California were Iowa

Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain

No more discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the  Tall Corn State. A unanimous Supreme Court, and no possibility for overly hasty amendment of a protection of rights (not until 2012, at the earliest, and unlikely by then).

I was lucky enough to live in Massachusetts in 2004. Like Iowa, we had some checks-and-balances against an overly quick constitutional revision process. Mob rule ain’t always all it’s cracked up to be; good courts have a place.

6 thoughts on “If only California were Iowa”

  1. I’m still hoping the California Supremes are going to come down on the right side of this issue. Even if they don’t, California is still going to come around to equality, hopefully sooner than later.

  2. I’m trying to adapt “If you build it, they will come” to the situation but it ends up sounding dirty. (That’s a Field of Dreams joke, if I lost you.)

  3. This is remarkable. If someone had told me a year ago that gay marriage would be legal in Iowa while illegal in California, I would have asked them to please pass me the crack pipe when they were done with it.

  4. Well, don’t forget, the California State Supreme Court already did declare the state law against gay marriage unconstitutional, just like Iowa’s Supreme Court did today.

    But then California’s voters responded by amending the constitution.

    Which Iowa’s voters and legislators could still do.

    (Though Iowa doesn’t have the same moronic provisions allowing voters to write discrimination into the state constitution with nothing more than a 50%+1 majority of a popular vote that California has – so it will be harder for narrow-minded Iowa voters to override their court’s insistence on basic human rights for all their citizens.)

    But I’m still cheered by the Iowa court’s decision. Long may they wave.

  5. Matters of fundamental human rights should never be left up to a popular vote. Courageous courts will almost always be ahead of the curve on these matters.

  6. What the others said, and what I’ve always said, this needs to be determined by the Supreme Court. I’m hoping this additional precedence will make it possible for CA to come up with the same determination. You can’t discriminate with amendments to the constitution.

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